Bernie Sanders comes to Bethlehem for town hall event

News – The Brown and White Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, faced a broad array of questions Monday evening at a live Fox News town hall at ArtsQuest in Bethlehem.
The event was hosted by Fox News anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, and it covered topics relating to tax policy, health care, defense and included a back and forth between the moderators and the candidate regarding Fox News’ alleged partisan biases.
Notable Bethlehem residents, from Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio to various city council members, were in attendance, as were several hundred people from around the Lehigh Valley and beyond.
As Donald Trump supporters waved flags and signs outside the building in protest, Sanders entered at 6:30 p.m. to loud applause and chanting under the backdrop of the old blast furnaces that once powered a thriving Bethlehem Steel.
In the first question of the night, an Allentown student asked about Sanders’ recently released tax returns, which showed that in 2016 and 2017, Sanders was a millionaire. Sanders answered by noting that he gained that money from writing a book about politics.
“If anyone thinks I should apologize for writing a bestselling book, I’m not going to do it,” Sanders said. 
Sanders then turned the question into a discussion of Trump’s taxes, asking if he, too, would release his tax returns, which led to a heated exchange with the moderators.
The three often interrupted one another, and at various points, audience members shouted words of support or derision. 
“If you ask me fair questions, I’ll give you fair answers,” Sanders said.
Audience members raised their hands when questioned if they would be willing to give up employer-sponsored healthcare for a single-payer system during the town hall with Bernie Sanders on Monday. (Delaney McCaffrey/B&W Staff)
On the topic of health care, Sanders reiterated his call for a universal …

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